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Orange County Students Show Films about Civil War Battle

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ORANGE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -

Mini-movies made by middle school filmmakers about a central Virginia Civil War battle will become part of an exhibit for visitors from around the world.

Orange County seventh-graders premiered their films at the Journey through Hallowed Ground conference Wednesday at UVA. Students worked with the National Park Service to research the Battle of the Wilderness and life on the frontlines for people in Orange. Then, the students wrote and produced the six films all on their own.

“It was definitely a lot more fun that a textbook. You got your hands dirty in aspects. You had to dig through primary sources,” said John Ashley, a seventh-grader at Prospect Heights Middle School.

“It's really important, we think, for them to see that they're a part of a much bigger part in history for our nation,” said Jessie Aucoin, the conference’s director of educational programs.

The student films will become part of an educational display at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park this summer.

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